Working Together in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Not Alone educates visitors about human trafficking and gives them a sense of hope and empowerment in combating the issue.
Human trafficking is one of the most significant issues facing communities today, yet it is commonly misunderstood and often undetected. The Bullock Texas State History Museum is undertaking a unique project to raise awareness and prevent the further exploitation of individuals in Texas.
Trafficking is all around us, so you never really know who it’s happening to. But, if you can recognize it and the red flags, you may just save a life. Toni McKinley, trafficking survivor and advocate
The exhibit centers on a series of questions that guide visitors to understand what human trafficking is and explore the human stories and current landscape of sex and labor trafficking. Audiences will gain awareness of who can be a target, the tools and techniques traffickers use to target individuals and keep them captive, and the roles healthy relationships and social media play in trafficking.
Inside the Exhibition
This exhibition is geared toward empowering visitors to not just be bystanders, but upstanders in identifying trafficking and becoming advocates for themselves and others.
- View a series of videos featuring trafficking survivors and advocates answering the exhibit’s guiding questions
- Take home an art activity that promotes healthy self-esteem
- Discover artifacts that reflect survivors’ stories of resilience, strength, and self-empowerment
- Understand who’s affected, what makes someone vulnerable, and warning signs that someone is being trafficked
- Learn about how traffickers lure people in and maintain control over them
- Gain resources to assist those exploited and concrete steps of how to enlist aid
Select Artifacts on View
- Rapid Response Backpack Kit
- Red Jingle Dress by Nan Blassingame
- Dressember Dress
- Lotería Game Pieces
For tools on recognizing signs of trafficking or identifying victims:
- Love146 offers a variety of training and resources for youth, caregivers, and professionals
- Polaris Project aims to end human trafficking. It operates the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline and provides resources on sex and labor trafficking
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Trafficking in Persons
For ways to contribute to the fight against human trafficking:
- Give your time or your financial contribution. For a list of organizations helping victims in your area, visit www.humantraffickinghotline.org
- Share information from trusted organizations and raise awareness within your business, church, school, or other circle of influence
- Support high-risk populations such as homeless or foster youth to reduce vulnerability
- Become an informed consumer to ensure your clothing, food, and other goods are not produced by child or forced labor
More useful information sources:
- A21 raises awareness through the Can You See Me? Campaign and free student curriculum
- Netsmartz provides free online safety resources and age-appropriate lessons
- Unbound offers education and training for students, educators, and parents
- Connect Safely is a nonprofit dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security, and offers a variety of resources
If you need help or suspect human trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. You can also text "Help" or "Info" to 233733 or email Report@PolarisProject.org.
Lead Sponsorship by Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt. Major funding from the Texas Bar Foundation.
The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the State Preservation Board. Additional support of exhibitions and programs is provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.
At the museum: 01/09/2021 - 05/30/2021
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